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Visit from Telecomitalia

The existing telegraph poles

We’re still struggling to replace Skype and to that end a Telecomitalia engineer visited us today to gather information for a quote for a landline.

He was a pleasant man but he had preconceived ideas.

He straight away dismissed all possibility of a high level line going into the house (the cheap option) because it would be too ugly.

It would therefore be our job to bury tens of metres of 9cm duct, drill at least one hole under the tiled path round the house, and construct a manhole, all the while avoiding any existing systems such as electricity, water, etc.

A breeze.

So it’s back to the drawing board!

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  1. December 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Timely post. We have had our electric boxes ripped off the house twice in one year. The cost of the electrician to replace all the wiring on the house was tremendous. So, we now have the ugliest big brown pole in our yard, and it is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen. The theory being that if the wires are ripped off again, they will rip off the pole and not the house. When the electrician came to pick up the check all he could talk about was how ugly the pole was, and all I could think about was that I wouldn’t have to write him another four digit check. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

    • December 21, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Absolutely. In Italy, certainly, people are all too keen to apply their aesthetics to your house when for one thing as you say it’s subjective, and for another there are other considerations.

  1. February 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

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